A very good friend of mine is about to move to Maine. She and I have talked about moving for the past couple of years, and now her dream has taken concrete form, and she is stepping into it. Since the day that she first described the kind of place she wanted, I began imagining her and her husband riding their bikes to the ocean. That was my prayer for her.
It has surprised me when people (who know what good friends we are) say, “Aren’t you upset that she is leaving? Won’t you miss her?”
No, I’m not upset …actually the opposite. I am truly delighted that she is living the life of her dreams, and I don’t think about what life will be like her without her, because she is here now. I try not to imagine unhappy futures for myself or for anyone else. I also think that our conversations would feel like a burden to her, if I believed that her move was a loss for me.
Every person who follows the Light of their heart’s desire, brightens the path for all of us.
“Loving your neighbor means not to limit your neighbor in word, thought, or deed.” Florence Scovel Shinn, (1871-1940)